Sonja K. Eliason
Reflections of an evolutionary biologist

Biology

Microbiome Series 2/3: Microbiome Therapeutics

Fast on the heels of understanding what makes a healthy microbiome were the many investigations of what causes an unhealthy microbiome -- and what could be done to fix it. In this post, we’ll talk about how the microbiome is being harnessed in therapeutics and healthcare.

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Sonja K. Eliason

September 14, 2020

Biology

Microbiome Series 1/3: Introduction to the Microbiome

We know it’s all the rage; we know it’s important. But what exactly is the microbiome, and why is everyone so excited about it? This is the first in a series of three posts where I dive into what the microbiome is, why it matters, and applications of microbiome research in both therapeutics and consumer goods.

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Sonja K. Eliason

August 21, 2020

Beliefs, Ideas, Opinions

Yes, I Would Take a COVID-19 Vaccine

With the rapid pace of vaccine development in the face of COVID-19, it's understandable that some people may feel reticent to volunteer for a vaccination. But the major vaccines in development are less worrisome than you think, and getting vaccinated may be the most helpful thing you can do for your community.

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Sonja K. Eliason

July 24, 2020

Beliefs, Ideas, Opinions

Is Evolution a Good Answer?

Evolutionary justifications occur any time someone tries to explain the behavior of an individual with a perceived inherent characteristic of Homo sapiens or of their subgroup of Homo sapiens, e.g. all males. These characteristics were once matched to an evolutionary environment. Are these justifications help or harmful?

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Sonja K. Eliason

May 4, 2020

Biology

Reconsidering COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu: a follow up post

At the end of January, I posted a discussion about how the comparison between the Spanish Flu and COVID-19 was overblown. In this post, I cover what I got right, what I got wrong, and where we go from here.

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Sonja K. Eliason

July 20, 2020

Biology

A Novel Delivery Pathway for Origami-Paper Diagnostics In LMICs

The lack of access to diagnostic tools for febrile illnesses in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries results in inaccurate diagnoses and delayed treatment, increasing the overall burden of disease. Origami Paper Diagnostics offer an economically feasible solution to accessible nucleic acid amplification testing in LMICs.

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Sonja K. Eliason

March 13, 2020

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